I'm still uneasy about my friend's insistance that I should eat 1700 calories. That just seems like too much food. If I had known I was going to jump into this new diet phase (attempt 9,992), I would have done as she suggested and write down what I ate for 3 days on regular non-diet days and average out the calorie count. I suspect it was around 2000, but that's really a guess.
I'm going to attempt to write down what I might eat in a typical day and go from there, but when I quickly run the numbers in my head, it doesn't seem much more than 1700, like I said about 2000. So, will cutting out a mere 300 calories a day really do that much? Shouldn't I suffer more?
I agree that 1200 is really, really hard to do, and of course, if I don't need to do it, great! But what is the magic calorie number?
Today, at least, I'm trying to prepare myself to eat as light as I can because there is that wine and cheese and some low carb bread for the cheese spread waiting for me tonight. I'm picturing myself munching in the kitchen with my husband with my wireless laptop that we keep at the kitchen table. With every piece of cheese, I pull up fitday.com and plug in another number, and ka-ching - up goes my calorie total, ka-ching, ka-ching.
So, my carrot stick today is in the form of a piece of smoked swiss cheese.